A new Chainsaw Massacre is coming! A new Chainsaw Massacre is coming! The long-running horror franchise that nobody has cared about in literal decades is BACK with a Leatherface origin story, just in time for Halloween!
Now completists will note that there’s ALREADY BEEN a prequel – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (the sixth movie in the series) – but I suppose that was the prequel for the Michael Bay reboot (starring Jessica Biel IN THE BEST ROLE OF HER CAREER), while THIS is a prequel for the original Tobe Hooper classic, which as we all know is canon.
In case you’re confused, I’ve helpfully cribbed the order and summary of each movie from a YouTube commenter so you can see where we are in the Chainsaw universe:
1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (an original slasher movie from the early 70’s, which helped created the genre alongside Halloween.)
2. Texas Chainsaw 2 (A sequel to the first one that acts as a parody of the first as Tobe Hooper didn’t want to make a sequel as he thought there was nothing else to really expand upon, so he just made it a comedy.)
3. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: LeatherFace (A sequel that ignores the existence of TCM2 as it wants to be a “serious” sequel, hence why it’s not numbered, it takes place after the first.)
4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (This movie is half serious, half a joke and doesn’t really have enough relevance to the originals to call it a sequel in any way. It’s also pure shit.)
5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (This is a remake of the original TCM but is different enough from the original to make it pretty good in its own right, one of the better horror remakes out there.)
6. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (This is a prequel to the remake.)
7. Texas Chainsaw: 3D (This movie ignores the existence of the remakes and all the previous sequels and marketed itself as being “the only TRUE sequel” to the original TCM. It was shit.)
8. LEATHERFACE (A prequel/remake/reboot of the original TCM)
Got that? Watch the trailer (featuring Lili Taylor! and Stephen Dorf!) below.
I don’t know, though. I always thought the scariest thing about the original was that it existed in a terrifying void, without context, without meaning, and without explanation. I don’t know that I need to know the trauma that led to the first skin mask.